Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Malaysia Fail To Beat England

JOHOR BAHARU, July 2 (Bernama) -- Malaysia failed to tame England in their Group B tie of the FIH World Hockey League semi-final, here, Tuesday night after going down 1-2.

The home team, who are on their World Cup 2014 qualifying campaign, were tied 1-1 at half time.

England's goal came in the 20th minute when Richard Smith converted a penalty corner but Malaysia managed to equalise in the 27th minute through Tengku Ahmad Tajudin Abdul Jalil's strike.

Both teams tried to outdo each other with good tactics but the score remained unchanged until half time.

In the second half Malaysia piled on the pressure against the English players but coach Bobby Crutchley's boys managed to thwart each attack.

It was unfortunate for Paul Revington's boys when they were downed 2-1 after Barry Middleton scored a field goal in the 57th minute.

Speaking to reporters later, Revington said Malaysia had put up a good display against South Africa last Sunday, winning 6-4.

Meanwhile, in match played later, Pakistan beat South Africa 6-2.

Pakistan's goals came through Muhammad Zubair (13th min), Shafqat Rasool (17th min), Abdul Haseem Khan (27th, 41st, 60th min) and Shakeel Abassi (63rd min) while South Africa scored through Wade Paton (25th min) and Craig Haley (69th min).

-- BERNAMA

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